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Aleppo evacuation: Here are 16 Syrian aid organisations that need your help

From the White Helmets to the underground schools in rebel-held areas, here are 16 organizations working in the war-torn city or with people driven from it.

Bombardment has left those civilians still stranded throughout Aleppo without access to medical facilities, food or shelter, while tens of thousands of internally displaced refugees are also in urgent need of aid.

Government forces, pro-Assad militias and armed opposition groups have all been accused of obstructing the flow of aid around Syria’s largest city. On 18 December, buses intended to convey civilians out of the city were burned by an Islamist anti-government faction, while the Assad regime has repeatedly blocked aid convoys from entering the city.

In such circumstances, large charitable organisations may find it easier to cross political lines and deliver aid. But even the Red Cross has been unable to access parts of Aleppo from April until now, and smaller grassroots organisations with closer ties to local people can be more effective at turning donations into meaningful change on the ground.

Here are 16 different ways you can try and make a difference to ordinary residents still surviving in the decimated city.

UNHCR

The United Nations’ Refugee Agency has been criticised for its response to the global refugee crisis, but its policy of giving cash directly to refugees fleeing Aleppo and other war-struck locations across the region is seen “the preferred means of assistance” by a majority of Syrian refugees. $430 million (£346 million) has been given to displaced people across the globe this year, and $355 million (£286 million) in the Middle East alone. Donate here.

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The Syrian American Medical Society

An organisation with ties to the Aleppo area, SAMS provides financial and logistical support to beleaguered medical professionals in Syria, as well as online learning resources for Syrian medicine students. Donate here

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Médecins Sans Frontières

The globally-respected medical relief organisation has seen its hospitals in Aleppo destroyed by indiscriminate bombing, but continues to send medical supplies to evacuees in Aleppo governate. Donate here.

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Hand in Hand for Syria

As the name suggests, a hands-on organisation which prides itself working directly with Syrians inside Syria, even when other aid organisations considered it too unsafe. They had a team inside Aleppo when it was over-run by Assad loyalists last week and are still sending aid into the area. Donate here.

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Life for Relief and Development

The largest Arab-American humanitarian charity, which is running an emergency appeal to get together basic supplies for families displaced from Aleppo into the harsh Syrian winter. Donate here.

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Islamic Relief

Vital hands-on work is being carried out in Aleppo by the multinational charity, distributing medical supplies, food parcels and fuel and airlifting severely wounded civilians to Turkey for treatment. Donate here.

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Humanitarian Relief Organisation

This Turkish organisation is en route to Aleppo in a convoy of 1500 aid trucks, while simultaneously bussing orphans out of the city to safety. Donate here.

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Red Cross (Red Crescent)

“We are getting ready to resume the evacuation of people from eastern Aleppo,” a Red Cross spokesperson announced yesterday, after intitial relief efforts collapsed following the failure of the ceasefire. They’re working in partnership with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, an independent organisation based in Damascus. Donate here.

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Syria Relief

A British charity with an exclusive focus on Syria, fundraising for heating kits, blankets and wood fuel, among other services. Donate here.

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Kesh Malek

As late as 2 December, Kesh Malek was running seven underground schools for 1700 children in rebel-held Aleppo, though these were temporarily suspended as the siege worsened. Donate here.

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Syria Relief and Development

Another relatively grass-roots organisation, with a particular focus on supporting women. They’re currently fundraising for the 30,000 people who have fled Aleppo in the past week. Donate here.

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Zakat Foundation of America

Zakat, the act of giving a percentage of your wealth to charity, is one of the five Pillars of Islam. This Islamic organisation is sending relief packages into the overwhelmingly Muslim city. Donate here.

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International Orthodox Christian Charities

Another religiously-motivated charity bringing aid to people displaced from Aleppo. Donate here.

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Mercy Corps

Among other services, this NGO is providing clean drinking water and hygiene kits to protect families from disease. It was in the city until September, and is now preparing to receive evacuees. Donate here.

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Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations

A coalition of humanitarian, non-governmental, and medical organizations from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Turkey, brought together in 2012 to tackle the Syrian crisis on non-partisan grounds. Donate here.

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The White Helmets

The civic emergency response unit are said to have saved over 70,000 lives, and accept donations to buy emergency equipment from defibrillators to knee protectors. Donate here.

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al-Bayda and Baniyas Massacres 2 Years Anniversay -2

May 2, 2015 mark al-Bayda and Baniyas Massacres 2 Years Anniversay

In May 2, 2013, the Syrian army entered a small town called al-Bayda (a village in the mountains outside the coastal city of Baniyas, Syria) and massacred at least 169 men, women and children.

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The Yazidis, a People Who Fled

Yazidi survivor: Just let us live in peace. Just let us live, is that too much to ask for?

Yazidi children fleeing from ISIS
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Power over the suffering of innocent children

A child is born with a heart of gold. The way of the world makes his heart so cold.”
No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. Nelson Mandela

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A timeline of the Khmer Rouge regime and its aftermath

Cambodia’s bloody past

Cambodia killing field

(CNN) — At least 1.7 million people — nearly a quarter of Cambodia’s population — were killed by execution, disease, starvation and overwork under the Khmer Rouge’s brutal rule from 1975 to 1979.

Three of the ultra-Maoist regime’s former leaders have been found guilty for crimes against community by a U.N.-backed tribunal.

On Thursday, guilty verdicts were handed down to Nuon Chea, otherwise known as Brother Number Two, and Khieu Samphan, the one-time President of Democratic Kampuchea, as Cambodia was known.

Kaing Guek Eav, alias Comrade Duch, the head of an infamous torture prison, was convicted of crimes against humanity in 2010. He was ultimately sentenced to life in prison in 2012, more than 30 years after the fall of the regime.

Here’s a timeline of the Khmer Rouge regime and the long path to bring its leaders to justice:

1970: Marshal Lon Nol stages a coup, forcing Prince Norodom Sihanouk out of power. Sihanouk is aligned with the Khmer Rouge, an ultra-Maoist group building up a following in the countryside.

April 17, 1975: The Khmer Rouge seize Phnom Penh, completing their taking over of the country. The city’s inhabitants are forced to leave the capital, heading out to rural areas. Some two million people are forced out of Cambodia’s urban centers.

Late 1977: Fighting breaks out between Vietnam and Cambodia.

May 25, 1978: Khmer Rouge purges East Zone.

January 7, 1979: The Vietnamese take Phnom Penh, beginning 11 years of Vietnamese occupation. The Khmer Rouge move west. Some Cambodians celebrate January 7 as a liberation day from the Khmer Rouge, while others mark it as the start of Vietnamese occupation.

1979: A genocide tribunal in Phnom Penh finds Pol Pot and Ieng Sary guilty of genocide. Neither appeared in court or served any sentence

1982: Triparty coalition government forms, consisting of Prince Sihanouk, who was exile in China, the Khmer Rouge and non-communist leader Son Sann to create the Triparty Coalition Government. Vietnam helps establish a new government led by Heng Samrin.

1990: Vietnamese troops withdraw from Cambodia.

October 23, 1991: Paris peace talks. A peace accord among all Cambodian parties is signed. They approve holding a national election under the supervision of the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia. The Khmer Rouge boycott the polls and won’t demobilize their forces.

May 23-28, 1993: The U.N.-supervised elections are held. A royalist party lead by one of the king’s sons, Ranariddh, wins a plurality and forms a coalition government with the Cambodian People’s Party. Ranariddh and Hun Sen of the CPP are appointed co-prime minister. Khmer Rouge soldiers continue to wage guerrilla war.

1996: King Norodom Sihanouk pardons top cadre Ieng Sary’s genocide sentence from the 1979 genocide tribunal.

1997: The Khmer Rouge tries Pol Pot for crimes allegedly committed within the regime after 1979. Cambodia asks the U.N. to help create a court to prosecute the surviving top leaders of the Khmer Rouge.

1998: Pol Pot dies. Civil war ends in Cambodia.

1999: Considered the end of the Khmer Rouge.

2001: Cambodia’s National Assembly passes a law to create a court to try serious crimes committed during the Khmer Rouge regime.

2003: Agreement is reached with the U.N. on how the international community would help and participate in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. The pact was amended in 2004.

June 2007: The court becomes fully operational.

November 20, 2007: The pre-trial chamber opens its first public hearing on an appeal by Duch, the Khmer Rouge head of the S-21 prison, where some 14,000 people died.

July 26, 2010: Duch is found guilty for war crimes, crimes against humanity, murder and torture, and sentenced to 35 years in prison.

February 3, 2012: Duch’s sentence extended to life in prison.

August 7, 2014: Nuon Chea, otherwise known as Brother Number Two, and Khieu Samphan, the one-time President of Democratic Kampuchea, are found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.

Article from: http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/06/world/asia/cambodia-khmer-rouge-timeline/
By Miranda Leitsinger, CNN, and Casey Tolan, for CNN
updated 12:14 AM EDT, Thu August 7, 2014